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What To Know Before Starting a Business

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When it comes to starting and running a business, most first-time CEOs don’t have all the knowledge or tools they need to be successful. 

Even if your parents, siblings, friends, or mentors have started companies, everyone has their own journey to entrepreneurship. What may have worked for someone else won’t necessarily be what brings success to your company. 

Essentially, you’re starting from scratch. But here are some lessons that have helped many first time entrepreneurs take their companies from ideas sketched out on a napkin to full-fledged successful businesses. 

Failure is Essential

Failure is a vital part of the journey of any entrepreneur, and even though we may all know it, we still feel discouraged when it happens. 

Yet, without these moments that feel like the end of the world, we wouldn’t be able to learn from them and use them to make better decisions in the future. 

At the start of Tantus Tech, we lost out on countless contracts. At first, it felt hopeless, like we would never get our foot in the door and show government agencies that we could improve their internal systems. As time went on, we looked at the proposals we were sending, made changes, and were able to start scaling our business. 

It’s important to not fear failure, but to embrace it, learn from it, and use it as a stepping stone towards success. 

Have a Solid Business Plan 

Businesses start with a dream, that’s true. But dreams don’t secure multi-million dollar contracts with the government. 

Business plans are the roadmap your company needs to outline your goals, strategies, and the steps you need to take to achieve them. When we built our business plan, we went from throwing things at the wall to see what sticks, to making better decisions and having more efficient operations. 

Before starting your business, take the time to create a comprehensive business plan. 

You Can’t Do It All Yourself

There are exceptions to every rule, but our company is what it is because of all the people who are passionate about our success. 

By hiring talented team members to take on the roles you can’t, and stepping back to let them use their skills, your company will benefit greatly.

Starting a business is a team effort, so it’s important to get the right people on board. Look for those who share your vision, values, and work ethic — and surround yourself with people who challenge, inspire, and support you. 

Stay Agile and Adaptable

Starting a business requires you to be flexible and willing to pivot when needed. Be prepared to adjust your strategies and tactics as you learn more about your business and your customers. 

As a government contractor, we make an effort to stay up to date with the latest technology trends, bills that are being considered in congress, and other news to be able to innovate as needed. 

Persevere

Starting a business is not easy. There will be days when you feel like giving up.

By staying focused on your goals, you too will be able to push through the noise to attain them.

There have been plenty of roadblocks and “no’s” and compliance updates that needed to be navigated along the way, but by being persistent — and asking for help when needed — we found the success we were looking for. 

Start Your Journey Towards Entrepreneurship

Starting a business is both an incredibly challenging and unbelievably rewarding experience. By being prepared for what’s to come, and listening to those who have come before, future CEOs can pave their own way toward success — and one day, be able to give their own advice to the next generation of entrepreneurs.

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International Workers’ Day

Today is International Workers’ Day and we’d like to take a moment to appreciate the hard work our team members put in, day in and day out. 

It’s your drive, talent, and dedication to our clients that have helped Tantus tackle challenges and solve the problems that matter. 

Happy International Workers’ Day team, we appreciate all that you do!

#InternationalWorkersDay #TantusTech #OurWorldBetter


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Mother's Day

To the amazing mothers, especially those working within our Tantus Tech family, we recognize all the hard work that you do everyday, and today, we celebrate YOU!

At Tantus Tech, we understand the value of family and strive to be a place where our team members can continue to grow and learn while maintaining a healthy work-life balance.

We feel honored to work alongside such strong women, mothers, and team members. We wish you a Happy Mother’s Day!

#Tech #MothersDay #TantusTech


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Key outcomes from specific projects and how they’ve helped the clients

When tackling complex problems, it’s important not only to arrive at answers that work, but to establish key project outcomes early on, and determine how they can serve as guideposts to improve the overall quality of the solutions your team has to offer.

We pride ourselves on examining projects holistically from day one to help determine how we can help clients reach their goals quickly and efficiently, in a way that is tailored to address their unique needs.

Recently, we had the opportunity to work on automating required travel cost comparisons for the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) using Robotic Process Automation (RPA). Every other week, our CMS clients travel to care settings to ensure that the CMS standards of care are being met, following federal travel regulations. 

In automating this step, we have reduced administrative burden and saved the equivalent of over 1,000 hours across these surveyors over the course of a year.

#TantusTech #OurWorldBetter #Tech


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Doug Brown, Director, CMS Solutions

One of the best things about Tantus is working with all of the talented individuals that make up our team.

Meet Doug Brown, our Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Solutions Director. With over 16 years experience working in Medicare programs and data, Doug ensures that the solutions we deliver take into account the CMS policy context, have CMS’ mission and vision infused into the work we do, and keep the CMS beneficiaries forefront in our efforts.

Thanks Doug for everything that you do!

#TantusTech #CMSSolutions #TeamTantus


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Memorial Day

This Memorial Day, the Tantus Tech family recognizes the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice serving this great nation. We also recognize the continued sacrifice of the spouses, children, and other family members they’ve left behind. 

Today, we wish hope and healing for those grieving the loss of family or friends through active duty service.

#MemorialDay #Tech #TantusTech 


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Mother’s Day

I grew up in a large Indian-Chinese family in Vienna with many of my extended family members living on the same street. Our family gatherings and Sunday dinners, you can imagine, were usually packed! 

My mother always hosted, made massive amounts of food for everyone, and was (still is) the life of the party! I have been honored to witness her undeniable selflessness and care, and appreciate the support she has given me throughout my life.

Today, I want to wish my mother and all mothers a Happy Mother's Day. The work you do for your families and the people around you does not go unnoticed. 

#Tech #TantusTech #MothersDay


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Embracing the losses to create greater success

One thing that I’ve realized over the course of my career is that loss and success often go hand in hand. 

Everyone has their off days, the things that don’t go quite right, and the flat out failures. The key is to turn these hurdles into fuel for your next success. You won’t win every project proposal and sometimes you’ll miss out on the opportunities that you really want to pursue. Reflect on the moment and apply the lessons learned to help you succeed at your next adventure. Every opportunity is a learning experience and it’s up to you to capitalize on all life has to offer.

How have your losses fueled your success?


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Mother’s Day

Being a mother is not always easy, especially when you find yourself filling the role of both parents. Early on, I felt an unbelievable amount of pressure to be the perfect mom while trying to juggle work. At one point, I realized that the idea of the “perfect mom” and “perfect employee” just wasn’t realistic. 

I spent time thinking about my priorities and made a list of what I really wanted for my career and my children. “Perfect” wasn’t on that list, but “happy, thriving, and stable” were. I realized it’s more important to find what works for you and your unique situation. We may not have a sit-down dinner every night or game nights, but my kids feel loved and Tantus keeps growing and that feels just perfect to me. 

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms finding their version of perfect in our imperfect worlds. And Happy Mother’s Day to all caretakers pulling “mom duty”, you provide the love, guidance and support our children need. 

#MothersDay #TantusTech #Motherhood


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Memorial Day

Thank you to the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice. May we never forget that freedom isn't free.

In memory of SPC Ben Garrison, who was killed in action November 27, 2007 in Iraq.

#MemorialDay #TantusTech #Remembrance


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An inclusive culture is key to steady growth

An essential key to steady growth within a company is having an inclusive culture.

An inclusive culture pulls its individuals from different talent pools. It ensures its teams are filled with diverse members from differing backgrounds who, together, gather people with a wide variety of strengths and talents.

Diverse teams are crucial for driving innovation and creativity within a company. They increase the company's overall productivity and ultimately lead to success and growth for the corporation as a whole.

I take pride in working at Tantus Tech, where our development and growth is owed to the various skills and talents that our diverse team members bring to the table every day.

How is an inclusive culture growing your organization?

#Tech #TantusTech #Growth #TalentPool


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Mother’s Day

Growing up, I learned from my Mom to not compromise on family. She went to all our events, made dinners from scratch every night, and was my emotional rock when I needed her. She did this while moving us to a new continent far from her own family, restarting her career, and navigating a new culture and set of expectations. It's hard to express how much I respect, appreciate, and love my Mom.

I hope I am able to be as much of a positive influence in my two amazing daughters' lives, although I must admit that dinners are not always from scratch in our house. And I am so grateful to all who have helped "mother" my girls in some way - it truly does take a village. I am also very grateful to work at Tantus, where the value of family is prioritized, just like I learned from my Mom.

Cheers to all those who are Moms or have a Mom role in some way - you are amazing!

#TantusTech #MothersDay #Tech!


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Tantus Compass

Our Tantus Compass guides our decision-making and steers our core values in order to deliver the most meaningful impact for our clients and the customers they support.

The elements of our compass are:
Team Tantus
Do It Better
Be Energized
Do the Right Thing

Whether it’s giving a shout out on our virtual “Hall of Fame” or helping a teammate deliver a cutting-edge solution to a new project, our Compass has allowed us to maintain our culture as we grow.

#TantusTech #OurWorldBetter #Tech


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CMS

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is the single largest payer for health care in the United States. Tantus Tech’s dedicated team members provide support to improve the quality of healthcare for the Agency’s nearly 62 million beneficiaries.

Our team helps align strategy to execution within CMS’ quality programs, enabling each project and program to contribute to specific business objectives. Through our portfolio management solution, we also help these programs operate under a common governance model, and create solutions the enterprise needs to accomplish its business mission. These projects and programs are integral to ensuring quality data is accurate and accessible.

We’re honored to help equip CMS with quality information that drives key decisions in beneficiaries’ health.

#TantusTech #CMS #OurWorldBetter


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Employee Highlight

We work with the BEST people and love to highlight their accomplishments.

Meet our team member, Wayne Chong. Wayne brings over 24 years of experience in successfully delivering complex initiatives for federal and commercial customers requiring business process improvement, organizational change management, and systems implementation.

As our Director of HHS and NIH Solutions, Wayne oversees all of our delivery work for HHS and NIH clients. He works with his teams and partners to ensure that Team Tantus brings its best each and every day to our clients. With his organizational change expertise, Wayne helped redesign Tantus Tech’s performance management program.

Thank you, Wayne, for everything you do for us here at Tantus Tech!

#TantusTech #TeamTantus #OurWorldBetter


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Father’s Day

To all the fathers and father figures on Team Tantus, we want to wish you a Happy Father’s Day!

At Tantus Tech, we strive to deliver leadership, empowerment, and care. Our Tantus dads not only exemplify these values in the workplace, but in their day-to-day lives as well. They serve as an example of our values in action.

We recognize and thank all the fathers and father figures for the incredible achievements they make each day.

Enjoy today and recognize the invaluable role you play in the lives of those around you!

#Fathersday #Leadership #TantusTech


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Tantus Culture

At Tantus Tech, we provide our employees with opportunities for growth and a workplace culture they can take pride in. Team Tantus is a community where each one of our teammates helps share our culture. We are always on the lookout for potential team members that can strengthen us even more.

At the end of the day, our team is a family. We support and empower each other to keep growing, keep learning, and always do our best.

To learn more about our company culture, check out 'Our Workplace' here: https://www.tantustech.com/our-workplace/

#TantusTech #CompanyCulture #Workplace


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Skills We Look For in the Tech Space

I’ve been working in the IT arena for over 25 years. Even though a lot of things are very different from when I started, there are certain skills I look for in potential team members that haven’t changed much along the way. If I could give candidates one piece of advice on the skills they need to succeed in the tech world today, I would tell them to develop skills that go beyond the resume.

Most candidates will have experience in technical skills. These are critically important and require time and practice to master. But what REALLY separates leaders in the tech space is HOW they apply soft skills on the job. “Soft skills” - the core of developing relationships - are what drive growth at any workplace. Skills like:

Active listening
Interpersonal communication
Critical thinking

All of these attributes foster stronger client relationships and, ultimately, higher quality deliverables.

What skills are you looking for in your candidates?

#TantusTech #techskills #skilldevelopment


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Father’s Day

My father was a man who always listened to and supported me. He taught me to aspire to make my dreams a reality.

Even in his success, my father always valued humility and perseverance. He instilled in me the value of hard work above all else. Through watching my father, I learned to be loving, kind, and compassionate.

I will always cherish the moments I had with him.

On this Father’s Day, I want to recognize the lasting impact that all fathers have on the people in their lives.

Happy Father’s Day!

#FathersDay #Inspiration #Rolemodel


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How to Get More Women in Tech

I’ve been thinking a lot recently about the increasing role women are playing in technology. It seems like more and more women are entering traditionally male-dominated careers, but are still leading from behind the scenes.

One of my personal goals is to empower female leaders and encourage more women to enter roles that allow them to be front and center. Whether you’re a young professional just starting off or a mom of two young boys (like me!) looking to get back into the workplace, I promise there is a role for you in the tech sector.

Today, 72% of women in tech are regularly outnumbered by men in business meetings by at least a 2:1 ratio.

When we promote women to positions of leadership and encourage them to be more visible toward clients and the company, we change that mentality.

I’m proud to be a part of a company that is leading the way in empowering our female teammates to achieve their greatest potential. When individual workplaces create supportive communities, we chart the path forward to achieving equality across the tech industry.

What are you doing to empower women in your workplace?

#TantusTech #womenchangemakers #workplaceculture


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Hudson’s Project on Jen Welter

Earlier this month, my son began a Women’s History project for one of his classes. I was surprised when he came to me and told me his choice was Jen Welter - the first female coach in the NFL. As a part of the project, he had to create a visual display. I was amazed at his final creation - a LEGO set with ten or so football players and a miniature “Coach Jen” in the center.

I started thinking about the way we see women in society. Too often, we still think of women in roles where their job includes assisting men or helping from behind the scenes. Recently, there’s been a push to highlight the unique leadership roles and trailblazing careers women have achieved in tech and politics.

I was so proud of my son for choosing a woman who picked a career in a field hardly associated with female leaders. It’s a reminder that every day, women are changing the world and making history across the board.

I think we could all take a reminder from Hudson’s project to never doubt what women can achieve.

#TantusTech #Leadership #WomenEmpowerment